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Review: The Edwardian Country House by Clive Aslet

When I was offered this title for review, I leaped at the chance to read it as I consider Aslet’s books on architecture and interiors to be utterly sublime. I frequently reference my tattered copy of The American Country House when I want to get a glimpse of the wealthy on my side of the …

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Book Spotlight: Gilded Mansions

For a detailed introduction to the architecture of the Gilded Age, Gilded Mansions: Grand Architecture and High Society, is a marvelous start. Though Craven makes a few mistakes about the New York society who inhabited the grand mansions along Fifth Avenue or the palatial “cottages” in Newport, the photographs of interiors and floorplans more than …

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Amusements New York City Social History

Times Square

New York City at the turn of the century was a time of transformation. From a sleepy collection of boroughs along the Hudson to a bustling, frenetic city of millions, New York was a city on the verge of tremendous changes. Not surprisingly, many of them were created to meet the needs of the thronged …

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